William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary


William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, featuring extraordinary sculptures of people and animals half-hidden in the natural environment, just waiting to be discovered.

Interconnecting paths take you on a magical tour of cool temperate forest, lush fern gullies, and the 92 striking sculptures, perfect for quiet reflection and contemplation of the vision of artist William Ricketts.

An audio tour bringing to life the work and passion of William Ricketts is available for hire at the sanctuary for a fee of $5.

A gallery featuring additional works by William Ricketts, as well as information on the artist and his sculptures, can be found in the north-west area of the grounds.

Opening hours

William Ricketts Sanctuary is open daily from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Days, days of Total Fire Ban and Severe Weather events.

Entrance to the sanctuary is free.



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How to get there

William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Public car park located opposite the sanctuary entrance.

Need to know

William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

    William Ricketts Sanctuary temporarily closed

    William Ricketts Sanctuary is temporarily closed on Thursday 15 April 2021 due to an AusNet electrical outage.  
    The site will re-open on Friday 16 April 2021.
    The nearby Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda Playspace and Pirianda Garden are open.

Contact William Ricketts Sanctuary

1402 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
Mount Dandenong VIC
13 1963
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